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Solar Impressions & International Masters/Collaborations in Printmaking


Presented with Inspiration Plus and Dan Welden

FREE PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, 11/16 from 6-8 PM

Gallery Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 12-6 PM

Admission: $5 (Free for Friends of SAC & Children)

Dan Welden with Willem de Kooning. Credit Roy Nicholson.

November 16, 2019 will be the long anticipated opening of two simultaneous exhibitions focusing on the world of printmaking:  The Solar Impressions Juried Exhibition, and International Masters/Collaborations in Printmaking.  Presented by Southampton Arts Center and Inspiration Plus, this momentous event will feature giants in modern and contemporary art, along with talented artists from all over the world.  Both exhibitions, the brainchildren of Sag Harbor artist and master printmaker Dan Welden, combine to create a milestone event that brings printmaking to the forefront of art.

The SOLAR IMPRESSIONS juried exhibition, featuring works created by means of the scientific breakthrough of light sensitive plates, is sponsored by Inspiration Plus Foundation, a 501 c-3 non profit organization dedicated to creating art that celebrates and educates through science.  Over one hundred impressions were selected from more than 700 entries from across the United States, Ireland, Israel, England, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Canada, Spain, and France. The esteemed jury consisted of Laura Einstein, manager of the Mezzanine Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Alex Ferrone, owner/director of the Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue, NY; and Ron Pokrasso, Santa Fe artist and world printmaking traveler.  The awards juror is the acclaimed international artist Eric Fischl, who will be presenting 40 individual awards worth over $28,000 to the numerous works.

Noteworthy are the health, safety, and environmental factors involved in the use of light sensitive plates, constituting the scientific side of the show’s theme: All images showcased were processed with sunlight (or UV light) and ordinary tap water to harden and etch the light sensitized steel backed polymer plates. No acids or hazardous chemicals needed to be used for this technique.


Since 1971, Dan Welden has been collaborating with artists using stone lithography and etching.  His studio, Hampton Editions, Ltd., has been the home and birthplace of thousands of many young and old artists exploring the potential of the printmaking world. The exhibition, having originated at the Cape Cod Museum in 2017, concentrates on international artists that have collaborated directly with Welden to produce high quality impressions. Each artist created specific works either directly on Bavarian limestone or with the Solarplate polymer printmaking technique. Works created were NOT REPRODUCED from pre-existing drawings or paintings and were all intended for the sole purpose of the fine art print.  All impressions were hand inked and ‘pulled’ from presses on papers from England, France, Germany or Italy.

This exhibition includes works by Willem de Kooning, Elaine de Kooning, Kiki Smith, Esteban Vicente, Dan Flavin, James Brooks, Eric Fischl, Robert Gwathmey, Paul Davis, Syd Solomon, Roy Nicholson, Jack Youngerman, Robert Dash, Louisa Chase, David Salle, Alfonso Ossorio, Ibram Lassaw, Lynda Benglis, Bill King, Jane Freilicher, Jimmy Ernst, Kurt Vonnegut, and Dan Welden.

Special Programs and Events:

Open Portfolio Sessions with Exhibiting Artists: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 12:30 & 2 PM | FREE

Opening Night Solar Etchings Panel Discussion: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 5 PM | FREE

Gallery Tour & Printing Press Demonstration: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 12:30 PM | FREE

Solar Plate Panel Discussion with Exhibiting Artists: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 5 PM | FREE

Sound Meditation in the Galleries with Daniel Lauter: SATURDAYS, NOVEMBER 23 DECEMBER 21 | 10:30 AM | $15 ($12 for Friends of SAC)

Solar Plate Workshop for Kids with Dan Welden: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 | 3 PM | $20 ($15 for Friends of SAC)

 Solar Plate Workshop for Veterans with Dan Welden: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 | 6 PM | FREE 

Solar Plate Workshop for Adults with Dan Welden: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 | 3 PM | $20 ($15 for Friends of SAC)

Closing Day Gallery Tour & Champagne Toast: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 | 12:30 PM | FREE



Artist Eric Fischl has collaborated with Dan Welden to produce a special print for the exhibition to benefit Southampton Arts Center. The first 5 impressions will be available to SAC Friends only at a special rate of $1750, first come first served. The remaining 25 will be sold at $2000. Only 30 editions will be available to purchase. Please contact Amy Kirwin at akirwin@southamptoncenter.org to inquire.

Eric Fischl

Untitled, 2019

3-Color Etching, Numbered Edition of 30

16” x 16”

Hand-inked and printed by Dan Welden


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